With all the negative press the liberal media tried to throw at Republican National Convention hosted in Cleveland this week, thousands STILL tuned in to watch the first night. The lineup included such big names as former mayor Rudy Giuliani, star of “Duck Dynasty” Willie Robertson, actor Scott Baio, Pat Smith and Melania Trump. But who were the biggest winners?
More than 22 million people tuned in to watch Donald Trump’s wife Melania address the first night of the Republican National Convention on Monday, as some cable news outlets boosted their audiences significantly compared with 2012, according to Nielsen.
In the 10 p.m. EDT hour in which Mrs. Trump and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani spoke, Fox News averaged 6.35 million viewers and CNN drew 3.94 million viewers, while MSNBC attracted almost 2 million viewers.
In 2012, Fox News averaged 6.89 million viewers in the 10 p.m. hour, almost 8% higher than last night. However, CNN’s audience more than doubled from the 1.47 million it averaged in 2012. MSNBC viewership was up 35%.
Most of the convention audience opted to watch on cable versus traditional broadcast television. Among the broadcast networks, NBC news was first in the 10 p.m. hour with 3.91 million viewers, followed by ABC with 3.64 million and CBS with 2.69 million.
This year’s GOP event has been unusual in many respects. The first night’s speaking lineup included reality TV star Willie Robertson from “Duck Dynasty” and former sitcom actor Scott Baio . In a break with tradition, Mr. Trump himself made a brief appearance to introduce his wife. He came on stage to the classic Queen song “We Are the Champions.”
In 2012, the networks didn’t even cover the first night of the convention.
I guess everyone is looking to make a few more bucks this time around during the conventions.
Speaking of bucks, it’s interesting to note Time Warner gave over $261,000 to the Democratic candidate and nominee Clinton. In addition. those names and networks who supported the Clinton Foundation include: James Murdoch of 21st Century Fox gave $1-5 million and Time Warner/CNN $50-100,000. Comcast, NBC Universal also donated to Clinton.
In the end…we all know, it’s all about one thing…as Jerry Maquire says “Show Me The Money!”